Childcare funding for three to four year-olds
All children are entitled to the universal 15 hours free childcare from the term following their third birthday.
|Child born between||Entitlement begins|
|1 January to 31 March||Summer term (from 1 April)|
|1 April to 31 August||Autumn term (from 1 September)|
|1 September to 31 December||Spring term (from 1 January)|
All maintained nursery schools, most day nurseries and pre-schools and some childminders offer funded childcare places.
- 570 hours per year
- maximum of 15 hours per week over 38 weeks per year (term time)
- some providers can offer fewer hours per week but for more weeks of the year
How to apply
To apply for a place please contact your chosen childcare provider. The funding will be paid directly to them.
To find a childcare provider in your area please contact the Family Information Service.
For more help or information contact the Early Years Funding Team: